Soups, Sprouts, and Stews: 13 Chorizo Recipes To Try Right Now

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Superior Sausage

Have you found yourself with a surplus of chorizo sausage? Did you go a little bit nuts at the grocery store? If so, you’re a lucky person: The popular pork sausage is far more versatile than you might expect. Just read this Reddit thread, where many users stopped by to share their chorizo recipe ideas.

You already know you can add it to tacos, breakfast burritos, and nachos, but what else can you do with delicious, smoky chorizo? The list never ends. Here are 13 of our favorite recipes with chorizo, inspired by Redditors.

Preparing Paella on the beach in Majorca

1. Paella

As long as you’ve got rice, red pepper, saffron, and smoked paprika, you’re in business. Spanish chorizo is slightly different from Mexican chorizo, so you’ll want to get your hands on some of the Spanish stuff for this. 

Also: This is a one smoky son of a gun, so you may want to do this outdoors. At least, that’s what I learned when I set off every smoke detector in my apartment trying to make some.

Recipe: BBC Good Food

Preparing Cajun Style Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya in a Cast Iron Pot

2. Jambalaya

Jambalaya is kind of like Paella’s Creole cousin. Though the meaty rice dish has origins in West African and Gullah culture, it’s best known as one of the central pieces of Louisiana’s culinary identity. "I fry up chorizo and then use the grease in the pan as a starting point," says one Redditor.

Recipe: Skinny Spatula

Skillet Queso

3. Queso Fundido

Regular ol' queso is so last year. Melt your queso over chorizo and you’re playing in a whole different ball game. This recipe from Budget Bytes is a cinch and will deliver fresh, bubbling queso fundido in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe:Budget Bytes

spanish chorizo stew
spanish chorizo stew by jeffreyw (CC BY)

4. Spanish Chorizo and Potatoes Stew

There are countless soups that make great use of chorizo, but this Spanish stew is a lot heartier. This recipe is a cheap meal hero and uses very few ingredients, all of which are easy to find.

Recipe: The Spanish Chef

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Diagonal Cast Iron Skillet with Brussels Sprouts
Italian Zuppa Toscana Soup
Chili & toppings

7. Chili

Because chorizo is such a great substitute for ground beef, chili is an obvious dish. Whether you’re making your own or adding it to a store-bought can, this is a great move.

Recipe:Isabel Eats

Spaghetti Bolognese

8. Pasta

"I've made an Italian Pasta sauce with Chorizo instead of Italian Sausage and it was really really good," writes user u/SasparillaTango.

Bolognese, risotto, a hearty ragu, you name it — any time a pasta recipe calls for Italian sausage, you can probably get away with subbing chorizo. 

Recipe: Jamie Oliver

chorizo hash
chorizo hash by Haydn Blackey (CC BY-SA)

9. Chorizo Hash

You can add just about anything you want to a tasty breakfast hash. Chorizo and poblanos are a natural pair, and the same goes for sweet potatoes. 

Recipe:Tasting Table

Albondigas Soup

10. Albondigas

Meatballs come in many shapes and varieties, but some of the best are made out of chorizo and served in a soulful, rich soup. "I like my meatballs 50% chorizo and 50% hamburger with rice as a binder," advises one Redditor.


11. Shakshuka

Spicy chorizo, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese are a wildly popular combo when it comes to breakfast burritos or tacos, but there’s another route you can take to enjoy chorizo and eggs.

Grab your best cast iron pan, a can of crushed tomatoes, and whip up some shakshuka with fried eggs for a little bit of Israeli flair.


Close-up on traditionale Argentinian choripan preparation

12. Choripán

There aren’t many better uses for a whole chorizo sausage than this classic Argentinian sandwich. Grill up your sausages, add chimichurri (Trader Joes makes a great one if you’re in a hurry), spice it up with a fresh tomato salsa, and close your eyes. Welcome to nirvana.


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13. Chorizo with Mussels

You’ll often see mussels served with grilled bread and ‘nduja, so why not chorizo? Check out this incredibly simple recipe from Food Network. According to one user, this combo works really well in ramen, too.

Pro tip: Mussels are actually really easy to cook. When they open up, they’re ready.

Recipe:Food Network